Canada Packers’ September Domestic Shortening Contest 1948 — I was DUPED again

Canada Packers’ September Domestic Shortening Contest 1948 — I was DUPED again

Almonte Gazette December 1948

As announced last week, Miss Lillian Scott of Almonte won first prize in the Canada Packers’ September Domestic Shortening Contest which appeared in the columns of Chatelaine. A letter from Brenda York who conducted the column, and the recipe follows:

Canada Packers Limited Food Clinic,

Toronto, Canada. 29th, October, 1948.

To -Miss Lillian J. Scott, Box 292, Almonte, Ontario.

Dear Miss Scott:— This is indeed good news: I am most happy to tell you that your recipe for “Domestic Date Dreams” (which we have taken the liberty of renaming) has been awarded the First Prize in my September “Domestic” Shortening Contest.

It also gives me a great deal of pleasure to enclose Canada Packers’ cheque for One Hundred Dollars—the amount of the first prize. I wish you could have heard the Judges’ comments on your most delicious cookies—and seen how quickly they disappeared. They were so light and flavourful— quite unlike any other cookie recipe received in the contest.

The Domestic Shortening contest provided a precedent in that the panel of Judges decided that with so many delicious cakes and cookies Selected as finalists, two First Prizes would be given this month.

So, we are also playing “Santa Claus” to Mrs. D. S. Cummings, of East Kildonan, Manitoba for her fine recipe for “Orange Coconut Domestic Cake.” Your recipe and your name will appear in my column in the December magazine. So, I hope you will look for it there. Once again, my most sincere congratulations. I do hope you will continue to look for my magazine column each month, and will send along your favorite recipes.

Yours very sincerely,


The recipe was sent to the ‘Good-Things-To-Eat reporter’ for Canada Packers – a fictional character named Brenda York, who was played by Kathleen Kay Hodgins (a U of T alumna), Mihalache says. Canada Packers was integrated into Maple Leafs Food in the early 1990s. Brenda York of Canada Packers, played by Kathleen ‘Kay‘ Hodgins, promoted the potential of that company’s margarine product, ‘Margene’ ..
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“Domestic Date Dreams”


  • ¼ cup or shortening or butter
  • ¾ cup of brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup of flour
  • ½ tsp. of baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. of salt
  • ¼ tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. of nutmeg
  • ½ cup if sour cream
  • 2/3 cup of chopped dates
  • 2 eggs


  • Preheat oven at 400°F.
  • Cream together, shortening/butter, sugar and vanilla.
  • Add eggs and mix well.
  • Sift dry ingredients and add to the shortening/butter mixture alternatively with sour cream.
  • Add the dates and nuts last. (The nuts were not initially listed in the ingredients)
  • Drop good heapings of the batter on a greased baking sheet.
  • Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes.

recipeby Miss Lillian J. Scott of Almonte, Ontario

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